Urvikko Wins Four Golds at Nationals

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Annika Urvikko was crowned Finland’s national all-around champion this year after looking steady across all four events.

At the Finnish Championships held at the beginning of the month, the 24-year-old Olympian performed a clean FTY for a 14.0 before going on to get a 12.9 on bars, 12.4 on beam, and 12.5 on floor to finish with a 51.800.

Urvikko was pleased with her performance, though said she did lose some difficulty on some events. “This was all minor, however, considering that my main goal was to just get through all four events without falls and I succeeded.”

Following the all-around, she hoped to upgrade a bit on vault, an event on which she is typically strong, having recently placed 7th in finals at the World Challenge Cup in Ljubljana. Though she ended up not upgrading, she still managed to perform two clean vaults in finals to win the title with an average of 13.95. She also earned gold medals on bars (12.3) and floor (12.7), though had a fall on beam that pushed her to 4th place.

In the all-around, Rosanna Ojala won silver with a 50.100 and Maija Leinonen won bronze with a 49.500. Agnes Suto, who competed only on beam, won gold there with a clean routine and a score of 12.05.

In the junior field, Riina Kaleva, 15, walked away with five medals, including all-around, vault, and floor gold in addition to beam silver and bars bronze. She was relieved to come out strong in the all-around, beating the silver medalist by over a point after especially strong work on vault and floor. “I just tried to do my best,” she said, smiling, following the competition. “And well…it was.”

Helmi Murto earned the silver medal with a score of 48.750 while Siiri Saukkonen earned bronze with a 46.350. In additon to Kaleva’s golds on vault and floor, Isabella Ahlblad placed first on bars with an 11.0 while Murto won beam gold with a 12.8.

Full results from the competition are available here.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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